October 3rd, 2008

wombat

Serious food for thought

I noticed that haikujaguar had friended me, and decided to return the favor. This paid off immediately, because of this post*, which (to grossly oversimplify) discusses how hard it is to be positive in thought and behavior when other people around you aren't. This ties in with a couple of things that I've noted previously regarding the effects of music on one's emotions and general mindset, the admonition to Catholics to be in the world but not of it, and (taken to extremes) Cobb's notion of Sherwood Forest.

Peer pressure is real, it often functions at subconscious levels, and it can really mess you up regardless of whether you're 14 or 64. You have to be very strong intellectually and spiritually to resist it. If you missed out on having parents who would school you on the importance of being yourself and having higher authorities to answer to than your fellow mortals, it's even harder to defeat or even mitigate its effects. You have to be yourself in this world, but sometimes it's hard to figure out who you really are if you don't get away from the omnipresent roar of the crowd now and again.

*You should go read this post, BTW. RTWT.